mor·​pho | \ ˈmȯr-(ˌ)fō How to pronounce morpho (audio) \
plural morphos

Definition of morpho

: any of a genus (Morpho of the family Morphoidae) of large showy tropical American butterflies that typically have a brilliant blue metallic luster on the upper surface of the wings

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The blue morpho that was stolen isn’t actually native to Madagascar, despite the exhibit's name. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This woman was arrested for theft — butterfly theft, Ohio police say | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 The group Rainforest Alliance says the blue morpho's beauty attracts artists and collectors from all over the globe. Fox News, "Bold thief steals rare, colorful butterfly from Ohio conservatory," 20 Apr. 2018 Blue morpho butterflies are native to Central and South American rainforests and have life cycles lasting about 115 days. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ohio woman charged with stealing rare butterfly," 30 Apr. 2018 She's charged with theft for stealing a blue morpho butterfly from Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati two weeks ago. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ohio woman charged with stealing rare butterfly," 30 Apr. 2018 Revis is accused of taking a blue morpho butterfly from the conservatory shortly before 5 p.m. on April 15. Lauren Pack, ajc, "Rare blue butterfly most likely dead after theft from conservatory; woman identified," 27 Apr. 2018 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, "Surgical goggles spot cancer tissue where human eye won’t, study claims," 5 Apr. 2018 These include a perennial favorite, the blue morpho. Bradley J. Fikes,, "From humble pupae to brilliant butterflies comes Butterfly Jungle," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of morpho

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morpho

New Latin, from Greek Morphō, epithet of Aphrodite

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